Welcome! I’m Nadia and I’m originally from Montreal and currently living in Laval, Quebec. My first food related memory is that of my maternal grandmother visiting from Italy when I was about three years old. Apparently I would not eat, so she would tap a spoon against something and say “mangia bedda” and then I’d open my mouth and she’d feed me. “Mangia bedda” means “eat beautiful” in Sicilian. Times have certainly changed! Now I’m constantly thinking about what to eat next and when my next meal will be. It’s an obsession!
I’m a self-taught cook inspired by my mother whom I watched making homemade bread and pizza, rolling out fresh pasta dough, canning tomatoes and preserving vegetables picked from our garden, which was mainly my father’s domain. I spent many Sundays rolling gnocchi alongside my mother but mostly I sampled her cooking! Thanks to her, gnocchi and arancini are my favorite foods in the world. This obsession with gnocchi and arancini are kind of obvious in my blog! My father turned most of our backyard into a vegetable garden which I was not happy about at the time as it limited my play space. He was so proud of his garden and would ask me to take pictures of him alongside his six foot squash. Today I maintain my own garden, although much smaller than his.
I started this blog in 2015 with the intent of documenting my family’s traditional Italian recipes in order to preserve them and pass them on to my children. But the blog has become so much more. I’m proud to say my children are passionate about cooking as well and now they roll the gnocchi by my side. My daughter enjoys baking and my son is an adventurous cook and their influence and presence can be seen throughout the blog. We enjoy experimenting with different ethnic foods which you’ll also find on the blog. Luckily, my wonderful husband has always been a willing enabler and encouragingly samples anything I make! My little family has now developed its own cooking traditions and I’ve decided to share those with you as well.
Whatever I do cook, the emphasis is always on healthy, made from scratch family meals without the presence of processed foods. As much as possible I forbid processed foods from entering my home. Except, of course, for the occasional bag of chips! Those of you who know me are aware of my weakness for chips.
I have recently decided to get out of my kitchen to teach cooking classes so I can share my love of gnocchi and arancini with each of you in person! My upcoming classes are listed here. This would be a great opportunity to meet you!
I have taken it a step further and am now offering catering services. So for those of you who don’t have time to cook and want to be able to provide your family with home cooked meals, check out my catering menu.
Thanks for stopping by and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any comments, questions, specific requests or simply to say hello!
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….and don’t forget to check out my gnocchi making video that appeared in La Presse October 8, 2015.